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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he would allow counties to decide if they want to designate restaurant workers and taxi drivers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said he is not yet ready to make a decision.

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If downstate counties have to postpone their vaccination efforts due to the brewing noreaster, Onondaga County is willing to take their supply. County Executive Ryan McMahon said he’s offered to take the vaccine from cancelled appointments this week and take a lower allotment in the future.

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Onondaga County is working on a way to make sure more seniors are able to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when the next shipment arrives.  County Executive Ryan McMahon says they’re looking at a pre-registration system followed by a lottery so technology-challenged seniors don’t fall through the cracks.

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Onondaga County is exploring better ways to communicate with seniors about COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups. When they opened vaccination slots this week, County Executive Ryan McMahon issued a reminder on social media with a link to online registration.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is frustrated by the cut to the county’s COVID-19 vaccine allotment this week. New York State received fewer doses from the federal government, so Onondaga County got just 900 doses. This is enough supply for one day at the county’s clinic.

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Onondaga County’s vaccination site at the War Memorial has administered over 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. People have been getting vaccinated in Central New York since late December, meaning the county is now preparing for the second round of vaccinations to start.

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Teachers, seniors, and childcare providers are some of the groups now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The complete list of people eligible under New York State’s phase 1b was released Monday.

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COVID-19 vaccinations are going as fast as supply will allow in Onondaga County. The country received 3,600 doses directly from the state Tuesday, and County Executive Ryan McMahon said they’ll have the capacity to vaccinate 1,260 people per day for the next four days. 

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Onondaga County is entering week 4 of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts, and plans to vaccinate 5,000-6,000 people this week. A point of distribution or “pod” is open at the Oncenter War Memorial to facilitate the vaccination of the first round of state-designated groups.

Frontline healthcare workers, funeral home employees, emergency service workers, and congregate care employees and residents have all started to receive the vaccine in Onondaga County. Next week, the county will begin inoculating all other health workers and those who are administering the vaccine.